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8 Year Old Catches GIANT Smallmouth In Crystal CLEAR Water!

July 10, 2020 96 No Comments


Today we’ve got JD on the boat with us and he’s ready to catch BIG Smallmouth! We’re on Lake Michigan and the bass have moved up on shallow rock reefs and sand flats where you can see them in the clear water. Some of them are shallow, others are in 9-12 feet of water but it doesn’t matter, you can see them as if the water wasn’t there at all. The fish are BIG and they’re aggressive, let’s go fishing!

Fishing clear water like this requires a finesse touch. Tim and JD focus on a combination of finesse swimbaits and dropshot to catch these bass. In addition to the small baits, light line is critical to consistently fooling these fish. Lines that would be no issue in typical lakes will scare these fish before the bait even reaches the bottom. The bass can see both the line and the shadow of the line as it sinks, and both are enough to scare them off. 

Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment the guys were using to catch these fish. If you want to to target big smallmouth (or any other bass) in crystal clear water, finesse tackle is a great place to start. The baits listed below are our confidence baits for this style of fishing and work around the country. The links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 


-Dark Sleeper 3″ (Wakasagi):

Other Great Colors… Hanahaze, Donko

-Spark Shad 3″ (Purple Haze):

Other Great Colors… Neon Pepper, Real, Royal Gill

-Megabass Okashira Head 1/16 oz (For Spark Shad):


-Big Bite Baits Smallie Smasher Worm (Light Watermelon Red):

Other Great Colors… Chick Magnet, Green Pumpkin Purple

-Owner Mosquito Light (Size 1) Hook:

-Tungsten 1/4 oz Casting (Tie On) Dropshot Weight:


-Bass Patrol Round Rubber 3/8 oz Football (Brown Purple):

-Yamamoto Double Tail 4″ Grub (Smoke Blk and Purple):

Tim’s Combo…

Rod- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL 150:

Line- Sunline Sniper 10 lb Fluorocarbon:

Spinning Combo… 

Rod- St. Croix Legend Xtreme Spinning 7′ Medium:

Reel- Daiwa Certate LT 3000:

Line- Sunline SX1 High Vis Yellow Braid 16 lb:

Leader- Sunline Sniper 7 lb Fluorocarbon:

“Bang For The Buck” Finesse Spinning Combo… 

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ Med light:

Reel- Shimano NASCI 3000:

Line- Power Pro Braid 15 lb:

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 8 lb:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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